Let me just start with the fact that my husband loathes asparagus, while I absolutely love asparagus. Pinning this recipe was a bit of a daring maneuver, because I honestly didn’t know if he would eat any of it. However, I was pleasantly surprised when, after the first bite, I heard the tell-tale “mmm” and saw the knife moving for another slice. Score! We have a winner.
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
cheese of choice
salt, pepper, seasonings of choice
toothpicks (I didn’t need these)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
I used canned asparagus, which doesn’t have the strong bitter/tart flavor that my husband claims is the reason he hates it, and grated Parmesan cheese (mainly because I realized too late I had no other cheese in the house).
It says to cut the chicken breast in half, but I decided to cut it open so it would lie flat instead of completely in half (I didn’t like the sandwich idea). I seasoned the chicken with Adobo all purpose seasoning, a dash of salt and pepper, garlic salt, onion flakes, and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. I stuffed the chicken with the asparagus and then folded over the top “flap.” Then, I seasoned the top of the chicken with the same seasoning I used on the inside minus the Worcestershire sauce. The recipe calls for placing the chicken directly on the rack, but I had a heebee-jeebee moment when I thought of doing that, so I placed it on a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
The recipe said 375 degrees for 40 minutes, but my chicken was done in 23 minutes. I don’t know if it was the rack or the type of chicken breast I used, but I recommend watching the chicken closely and taking it out when the juices run clear.
Taste: 4/5 stars
Presentation: 5/5 stars
Reheatability: 5/5 stars (tastes just as good, if not better, reheated at a later time)
Notes: The canned asparagus gives a nice flavor as it isn’t bitter/tart, but it has no texture and turns to mush in the oven. Fresh asparagus might give it a bit of a crunch to offset the juiciness of the chicken for those who are looking for a dramatic flavor shift, but I like the canned personally.
Taste: 4.5/5 stars
Presentation: 4/5 stars
Ease of preparation: 5/5 stars
Availability of ingredients: 5/5 stars
Ease of cleanup: 5/5 stars
Overall, this dish was a great success and definitely a keeper. Thank you Ally’s Sweets and Savory Eats for a delicious dinner!